Monday, August 31, 2015

Wisdom Tied In Knots

Nyansapo the wisdom knot Adinkra symbol represents intelligence and wisdom. Adinkra symbols are symbolic pictures. Many corporations use the Adinkra symbols as their company logo.



Adinkra symbols are commonplace today but were the exclusive right of
Nyansapo the wisdom knot  Adinkra symbol.
Nyansapo the wisdom knot 
Adinkra symbol.
royalty and spiritual leaders, and only used for important ceremonies. Adinkra also means goodbye or farewell in Twi the language of the Akan. Wearing Adinkra symbols were the tradition of the Akan especially the Asante to wear cloths decorated with Adinkra symbols on important occasions especially at funerals.

Adinkra symbols are symbolic pictures. 


Nyansapo the wisdom knot Adinkra symbol represents intelligence and wisdom whose secret meaning is a knot in which the Asante chief shows his superior knowledge and intelligence by tying and untying the complicated Nyansapo knot. Adinkra cloths as well as Kente cloth are iconic symbols of African heritage.


Nyansapo the wisdom knot Adinkra symbol represents intelligence and wisdom.
Nyansapo the wisdom knot Adinkra symbol represents intelligence and wisdom.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Gikuyu Tribe Nine Beautiful Daughters

Kenya’s Gikuya tribe calls Mount Kenya Kere-Nyaga where the supreme God Ngai lives. Mogai gave a wife to Gikuyu named Moombi and they created nine beautiful daughters.


Origin of the Gikuyu Tribe of Kenya

Numbering about 6 million Gikuyu people is the largest ethnic group in Kenya
Origin of the Gikuyu Tribe of Kenya
Mogai, the divider of the universe called a man named Gikuyu to him taking him to the top of Kere-Nyaga (Mount Kenya). Mogai pointed out the lush fertile lands and told the Gikuyu man all is his, if he is ever in need, raise his hands toward Kere-Nyaga and pray.


Mogai provided a wife to Gikuyu named Moombi and they created nine beautiful daughters.
Mogai gave a wife to Gikuyu named
Moombi and they created nine beautiful daughters. 
Mogai also gave a wife to Gikuyu named Moombi and they created nine beautiful daughters. However, Gikuyu wanted a son to carry on his name. Mogai told Gikuyu not to worry and make sacrifices to the mountain Kere-Nyaga where the God Ngai lives but he must do this while standing under a fig tree. Mogai told Gikuyu if he did as told he would be blessed with nine handsome strong young men to marry his beautiful nine daughters.

Gikuyu did as he was told making sacrifices to Kere-Nyaga. When he returned to the fig tree in the morning, he found nine young men waiting patiently under the fig tree. The men married Gikuyu’s daughters and continued to live on the land for generations still praying and giving thanks to the mountain Kere-Nyaga where the God Ngai dwells. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Au fait Decisions African Proverbs

Africa influenced the world in the area of thought and wisdom with proverbs. Much of the language and thought of Africans are expressed in proverbs.



Au fait proverbs about making decisions, in some African cultures, when a proverb is quoted, it is preceded with a statement “So said the elders...


So said the Tonga elders...

The mouth is responsible for discord among people

Odenkyem, the crocodile, Adinkra symbol for prudence and practicality.
Odenkyem, the crocodile, Adinkra symbol
for prudence and practicality. 

A thing that comes does not beat a drum.


That which comes without work is a curse.


You should cross a stream before the floods come.



To ask is the desire to know the way.



What Are Cowrie Shells?

Cowrie or cowry shells are money, jewelry, and spiritual guides used throughout Africa and the world.



What is cowrie? It is a shell believed to be the first form universal money.
What is cowrie? It is a shell believed to be the
first form universal money. 
Cowrie or cowry shells are believed to be the first form universal money. What is cowrie? It is a shell. There are over 250 species of cowrie shells but only two in particular; Cypraea moneta and Cypraea annulus are used as money. The cowrie shells were used to buy slaves for transport to the colonies in the New World. Cowries came to West Africa through trade with Arabia in the 14th century; they became an important means of buying slaves. The cowrie shell has been used as money in many parts of the world, including Africa, Arabia and Asia.

The Thai folktale Makato and The Cowrie Shell is a well-known folktale in which cowrie shells are used as payment from the King to the orphaned Makato. He worked hard, became a trusted member of the King's court and eventually Makato became King. In the book When Things Fall Apart by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, there are many references to the gifts of cowries, cowries for payment, and cowries as indicators of wealth. In one scene in Achebe’s book, Okonkwo and other leaders of the village of Umuofia were held in jail and would not be released until a fine of 200 cowries plus 50 cowries for the court messengers was paid for each prisoner.
Cowrie jewelry has been a popular form of African jewelry for centuries.
Cowrie jewelry has been a popular
form of African jewelry for centuries.

Cowrie shells are used as a decoration around the world. Cowrie jewelry has been a popular form of African jewelry for centuries. Many DIY jewelry kits feature cowrie shells for do it yourself-jewelry projects as hair charms, necklaces, bracelets, earrings their decoration uses are endless. Cowrie shells are popular artifacts used in divination. Divination is the practice of interrupting signs in order to see into the future. Witchdoctors, Sangoma, Nyanga and Traditional Healers believe cowrie shells are spiritually gifted in bone divination readings. Traditional healing is linked to wider belief systems and remains integral to the lives of most Africans.


Did you know…?
The Ghanaian cedi is the unit of currency of Ghana. The cedi is the Ghanaian word for cowrie, from the Fanti language of the West African Akan people.

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